Review: Arguably the most notable thing about this third volume in Full Pupp's "Splits" series - aside from the fact that it's really rather good - is the appearance of Doc L Junior, one of the unsung heroes of Norwegian dance music (he first started DJing and producing music in the '90s). His contribution, the quirky dub-disco/Munich Machine/Erot fusion of "C'est Ca", feels like a long-lost gem from the "Bergen Wave" era of Norwegian dance music. It's great, and about the most Norse thing you'll hear this month. Elsewhere, Frantzvaag doffs a hat to vintage Those Norwegians releases on Paper Recordings via the low-slung, filter-heavy disco-house of "Saitama", while MI re-edits "Sampletune" into a suitably celebratory chunk of left-of-centre disco cheeriness.
Review: Four very solid deep house cuts here from Oslo's Mats Frantzvaag. Aptly-titled opener 'Beginning' is a mid-paced groover with filtered synth sweeps and a vaguely disco-ish feel, and would sound fantastic combined with big speakers and sunshine. 'Annan Dag Versjon' is a more stripped-back affair centred around an understated rumbling b-line, crisp percussion and barely-there vocal snips, while 'Going There Someday' heads even deeper, with jazzual sax flourishes, before 'Bolgehouse' plays us out on a more contemplative, post-club kinda note. No big room drama here, just finely crafted grooves built for true house music lovers.
Review: Smallville rarely disappoints, so it's little surprise to find that the label's latest multi-artist excursion is packed with high-grade deep house treats. Frantzvaag kicks things off with "Fredens", a quirky, off-kilter number that wraps a lo-fi electronic melody and sreamy chords around clicking machine drums and a dub style bassline, before Nightseajourney ups the tempo via the sun-bright peak-time warmth of Rhodes-sporting EP highlight "Lonnie's Condition". You'll find more bleeping melodies and enveloping chords on the jazz-fired deep house bump of Margaux's "Water on Mars", while Qnete's "A New Beginning Ending" is an alien-sounding shuffle into early morning deep house territory.
Kalle, Magnus & Daniel - "Ny, Lang" (Prins Thomas edit) - (6:32) 120 BPM
Review: Prins Thomas's Full Pupp label turned 15 in 2020, and here's the final installment in a series of five various artist EPs (Vols 1-4 plus, confusingly, 'FPXX15') they've been releasing to mark the occasion. As with the other volumes, all four cuts are brand new productions from label regulars, and as per the label's MO generally, all four blur the boundaries between deep house and nu-disco, with Jarle Brathen's 'Vaguely Wavey' probably the pick for house floors, and Velferd's 'Returning' the one to head for if you're in search of some of that shimmer-y, sparkly 80s Euro flava. Scandi-disco at its best.